Written by Joey Jacobs, RMS Teacher Thursday, 20 September 2012 08:39
The RMS Bears 2012 football season got off to a rocky start on Thursday, September 9.In a game filled with miscues, mental errors, and turnovers, the Bears came up on the losing end of a 20-6 score. RMS had more first downs, passing yards, total offense, and total plays than the Bulldogs, but didn’t win the most important statistical category: points scored.
The night’s first score came when RMS lined up to punt at the end of their first series. Riversprings punter Kam Rosier punted the ball down to the 50 yard line, but Suwannee received an offsides penalty. Since the penalty wasn’t enough to net a first down, RMS attempted to punt again, hoping for better field position. This time the snap went over the punter’s head, which allowed the Bulldogs to force a fumble which they picked up and punched it in for the night’s first score. The Suwannee extra point try was good, and the Bulldogs were up 8-0.
The Bears fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the Bulldogs recovered. The RMS defense held, forcing Suwannee to punt. Punt returner Justin Davis attempted to scoop the punt up as it rolled around on the ground, and a Suwannee player took advantage of the miscue, and covered the ball for the Dogs on the 6 yard line. Suwannee didn’t waste any time, and ran the ball in for a second touchdown on the next play, putting SMS up 14-0.
The Bears finally found some footing, and the trio of Zach Norman, Justin Davis, and Demarcus Lindsey started putting together a nice drive. Norman’s timely passes and Lindsey’s big play capability kept the Suwannee defense off balance enough for RMS to pick their way down the field. The drive ended with a touchdown pass from Norman to Justin Davis.
The first half ended with the Bulldogs up 14-6. Suwannee would add one more score in the third quarter, and the game would end with the Dogs taking the victory 20-6. Demarcus Lindsey led the RMS rushing attack with 42 yards on 7 carries. Justin Davis added 31 yards on 8 carries. Zach Norman went 4 of 5 passing for 26 yards and a touchdown. Jacob Austin led all receivers with 37 yards on 2 catches.
Demarcus Lindsey was the leading tackler on the night with 4 tackles. Jake McCarl chipped in with 2 solo tackles. According to Defensive Coordinator Louis Hernandez, “The defense played pretty good tonight,” despite being faced with a short field all night. The Bears next opponent was the Marianna Bulldogs on Tuesday, September 11th.
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